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Duolingo now teaches High Valyrian language as Game of Thrones returns to screens

Duolingo offers translations into High Valyrian

Education app Duolingo is showing off its linguistic capabilities by adding the fictional High Valyrian language from Game of Thrones to its archive.

Working with the linguist David J. Peterson who helped develop High Valyrian and Dothraki for Game of Thrones, Duolingo has bolstered its fictional languages courses with High Valyrian sitting alongside Star Trek’s Klingon.

Peterson has reportedly been developing the course since October 2016, and will give fans of the show the chance to learn a fictional (and mostly dead) language.

Myra Awodey, lead community specialist at Duolingo, who worked with Peterson to develop the course said: “Our mission at Duolingo is to make it free, fun and easy for people worldwide to learn new languages, regardless of whether the language is real or fictional. Learning High Valyrian just in time for the new Game of Thrones season will help millions of fans connect with each other and with the show and its characters on an entirely new level. That's what language learning is all about.

"We couldn't have done this without David, linguist and creator of the Dothraki and Valyrian languages who built the course for Duolingo. As the lead contributor to the Duolingo course, David has devoted a lot of time and effort to making it possible for millions to learn High Valyrian."

The feature will launch ahead of the season 7 premier 16 July. The Drum recently interviewed the Game of Thrones chatbot, that was designed to offer fans a refresher after the season 6 lull.

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